Charter for reform
There are key ways that Ofsted can be positively reformed
Ofsted should be more accountable
1. Reform complaints process:
a. Ofsted should establish a new independent body to review complaints relating to grades and evidence.
2. Provide a more robust evidence base for making decisions:
a. Ofsted should revert to using the former inspection report templates to provide a fuller evidence-base for schools. Reports should outline more robust recommendations for developing good practice.
3. An Independent Commission for Education Provision (ICEP) should be established to:
a. Conduct thematic reviews of Ofsted reports.
b. Report directly to the Education Select Committee about Ofsted activities.
c. Review Ofsted’s complaint process and legal battles.
4. The Education Select Committee should more thoroughly scrutinize Ofsted:
a. Document oral commitments made by Ofsted representatives during oral hearings as action points, to be referred to at the next hearing.
b. Publicly publish the commitments made by Ofsted representatives in response to challenges or questions from the Committee.
1. Respect legislation and DfE guidelines on Ofsted’s remit:
a. Ofsted should re-draft the Education Inspection Framework to remove references to:
i. schools ‘celebrating’ diversity,
ii. teaching about gender identity, and
iii. preparing pupils for life in modern Britain.
b. Conduct a review into the “achievement of pupils” statutory requirement.
2. Conduct an internal review on the quality of education
a. Review the EIF for overstep into teaching methods.
b. Re-assess whether pupil outcomes ought to be re-introduced.
3. Review personal development in a limited, secondary capacity.
a. Conduct an impact assessment on interviewing questions and techniques for gathering evidence under the ‘personal development’ judgement.
b. Consider a wider range of examples for evidencing pupil ‘personal development’, including extra-curricular activities; religious associations; physical education; cultural trips; parental involvement; and creative development.
Ofsted should re-focus inspections on the quality of education
Ofsted should be more collaborative:
1. Encourage greater collaborative with parents and communities:
a. Emphasise the rights of parents in consultations about age-appropriate teaching of sensitive materials – both within the inspection framework and in reports.
b. Recognise the margin of discretion permitted to religious-ethos schools in teaching relationships and sex education.
2. Review the training of inspectors:
a. Ensure that the training of inspectors is from a range of organisations, with a representation from secular and religious groups.
b. Ofsted should report on the training of inspectors to the Education Select Committee.